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How to Plan a Wedding That Supports Diversity and Inclusion

Peloton Instructor Ally Love Shares How She and Her Husband-to-Be Inclusively Planned Their Wedding

On top of being a Peloton instructor, the founder and CEO of Love Squad, and the host of the Brooklyn Nets, Ally Love is also a bride-to-be. After meeting her fiancé, Andrew Haynes, years ago at a New York City nightclub, the couple got engaged in January, and wedding planning has been in full swing. The certified health coach and her groom have been "planning their wedding with purpose and intention" every step of the way, highlighting diverse vendors, businesses, and charities.

For Love, making her special day inclusive has always been at the heart of her process. She asked herself, "How can we highlight those that are planning the weddings?" Because, "1. Weddings look different, and 2. Vendors also look different," Love told POPSUGAR. "It's great to diversify your vendors that can create such a special time for you." From invitations made by women-owned businesses to a request on their registry for a lifetime supply of food from their favorite local Indian restaurant, the couple's wedding initiatives call attention to more than just their love but also the community around them.

As for the wedding itself, Love wants to "make this experience not only unique and not only special to us and our family, but also enjoyable and a time to remember for our friends," she said. "Our actual tagline for the wedding is 'A Time to Remember.' We want it to be legendary." With a list of diverse vendors who are contributing their ideas, culture, talents, and more to their day, the celebration is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

"I think it's more of sincerely communicating with your partner, verbally, nonverbally, and figuring out, at this time of your life — because like seasons, we all change — what makes you both feel healthy and happy, and working towards that."

When it comes to living "happily ever after," Love believes that there's not just one simple key to a happy and healthy relationship. As every couple is different, so is every relationship. "I think it's more of sincerely communicating with your partner, verbally, nonverbally, and figuring out what makes you, at this time of your life — because like seasons, we all change — what makes you both feel healthy and happy, and working towards that," Love said. Adapting, growing, and communicating with your partner, from the first night at a club to long after the honeymoon is over, is one way to keep your love strong no matter what might come your way.

You can take a look at Love and Haynes's registry on The Knot right here, and see how they purposefully planned their wedding to spotlight not only their unique love but also the importance of inclusivity and diversity. Now, that's love!

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